The Oakland A’s clinched the American League West for the first time since 2013. What’s more, they won it on a day off in Los Angeles. The division championship came to them courtesy of a Houston Astros 6-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners Monday night. Related Articles A’s postseason preview: The questions Oakland must answer…Oakland A’s clinch American League West for first time since 2013 — Times-Standard
A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday some of his players were feeling some minor effects of playing a doubleheader in worsening air quality the day before in Seattle, but nothing that would prevent them from playing that night against the Colorado Rockies. The A’s played the Mariners twice Monday as a thick haze inside the…A’s Melvin happy to escape smoky Seattle: “You felt it, for sure” — Times-Standard
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The Oakland A’s played their final game of this home stand against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon despite Cal Fire evacuation warnings Saturday that included parts of parts of Alameda County. With hundreds of wildfires raging around the Bay Area, the air quality hasn’t been ideal at the Oakland Coliseum over the weekend. But,…Despite evacuation warnings nearby, Oakland A’s play final game of homestand — Times-Standard
OAKLAND — Major League Baseball laid down the hammer on A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano and Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón following Sunday’s skirmish. By all accounts, it seemed fair. Laureano appealed his six-game suspension, a punishment for charging the Astros’ dugout and causing the benches to clear. Cintrón will serve his hefty 20-game suspension…What Ramón Laureano’s suspension means for the A’s — Times-Standard
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OAKLAND — As if playing Opening Day in July in a stadium filled with cardboard cutouts instead of fans wasn’t different enough, the Angels went a little further to do something memorable on Friday night. For the first time in baseball history, a runner was placed at second base to start the 10th inning. The…Angels drop first game in major league history using new extra-innings rule — Press Telegram
The Angels came up on the wrong side, though, losing 7-3 to the Oakland A’s, who parlayed their free runner into a Matt Olson grand slam against Hoby Milner.
Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson, left, celebrates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the tenth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. The Athletics won 7-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
It was the first application of a new major league rule intended to prevent long extra inning games in this pandemic-shortened season. The rule had been used in the minors and international play.
Olson, a Gold Glove first baseman, had helped defuse the Angels’ chance in the top of the 10th too.
Left-handed hitting Jared Walsh hit the ball to the right side — as he tried to move Shohei Ohtani to third — but Olson made a quick throw across the diamond to get Ohtani in a rundown. The Angels still managed to load the bases with two outs, but Andrelton Simmons grounded out.
In the bottom of the inning, the A’s loaded the bases with one out, and the Angels brought in a five-man infield to try to cut down the run at the plate. Olson lofted a drive over the right field fence, ending the game.
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Tony La Russa, until recently, never knew his days managing the A’s almost included a rookie named Michael Jordan. You know, the Double-A outfielder for the 1994 Birmingham Barons, better known as the Chicago Bulls’ six-time champion. Can you imagine a lineup card with legends including Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire, Dennis Eckersley and, ahem, Jordan?…La Russa surprised to hear Air Jordan almost became A’s Jordan — Times-Standard
Former Oakland A’s pitcher Matt Keough died Friday, the team announced. He was 64 years old. Keough’s son, Shane Keough, posted a tribute to the 1978 All-Star on social media. “My favorite place was always on your shoulders,” the post reads. “It makes me smile knowing McCoy will be there with you; right there on…Oakland A’s All-Star pitcher, coach and scout dies at age 64 — Times-Standard
SHAYNA RUBIN |PUBLISHED: May 2, 2020 at 9:50 p.m. | UPDATED: May 2, 2020 at 10:20 p.m.
Former Oakland A’s pitcher Matt Keough died Friday, the team announced. He was 64 years old.
Keough’s son, Shane Keough, posted a tribute to the 1978 All-Star on social media.
“My favorite place was always on your shoulders,” the post reads. “It makes me smile knowing McCoy will be there with you; right there on your shoulders. It wasn’t always perfect but I wouldn’t change it for the world. You taught me more than you’ll ever know and I hope that I make you proud. Kick back and enjoy the eternal sunshine. Till I see you again – I love dad.”https://www.instagram.com/p/B_tWIeVlRhS/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=12&wp=500&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.times-standard.com&rp=%2F2020%2F05%2F02%2Foakland-as-all-star-pitcher-coach-and-scout-dies-at-age-64%2F#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A9313.039999920875%7D
Keough was an Athletic for seven seasons from 1977 to 1983. He was named to the American League All-Star team his rookie year, going on to post a 3.24 ERA that season. He was also named the 1980 comeback player of the year after winning 16 games, notching 20 complete games and finishing the season with a 2.92 ERA.
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Keough had stints with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. He pitched for Japan’s Hanshin Tigers from 1987 to 1990. The right-handed pitcher returned to the States and attempted an MLB comeback with the California Angels, but in 1992 was struck in the head by San Francisco Giants’ John Patterson’s screaming foul ball while sitting in Scottsdale Stadium’s visiting dugout during a spring training game. The then-36-year-old had emergency surgery, effectively ending his baseball playing career.
Keough went on to become an A’s as a special assistant and pitching advisor. He also worked in the executive offices for the Angels and as a scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
“Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A,” said A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. “He had an incredible passion for the game and we were lucky to have him and his wealth of knowledge alongside us for the years he worked as a Special Assistant. He left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball. Our sincere condolences are with the entire Keough family tonight.”
The A’s drafted his son, Shane, in 2005, where he stayed in the lower minor leagues for four seasons before his release in 2010. His father Marty Keough is an Oakland native and former outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1956 to 1966. His uncle, Joe Keough, was an outfielder who played 34 games for the A’s in 1968 before playing four seasons with the Kansas City Royals.
His daughter, Kara, lost her infant son three weeks prior to her father’s death. The former “Real Housewives of Orange County” personality posted a tribute on social media.
“Daddy, please take care of my son,” the post on Instagram reads. “Teach him the circle changeup and how to find forever friends. You’re on grandpa duty in heaven now. Xoxo, Hammerhead.”https://www.instagram.com/p/B_tTTeQJxYH/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=12&wp=500&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.times-standard.com&rp=%2F2020%2F05%2F02%2Foakland-as-all-star-pitcher-coach-and-scout-dies-at-age-64%2F#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A9348.17499993369%7D
Keough is also survived by his son, Colton.
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